Saturday, January 29, 2022

Saturday, January 30, 2020

 This latest foray in ink staining is getting closer to "the vision." It's 72'x44" on unprimed un-stretched canvas. The mediums are alcohol ink thinned with alcohol and glycerin and Speedball acrylic ink thinned with alcohol and glycerin. Retitled: "China Cat Sunflower."

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Thursday, January 27,2022

 Still messing around with various inks and thinning mediums but sticking with unprimed canvas. I know WHAT I'm looking for and in the words of U2 "I Still Haven't Found..."but I am getting closer. The piece below is 22x18 raw canvas unprimed. I started with calligraphy ink diluted. Went over it with unbleached and bleached titanium white acrylic. And then moved over to alcohol ink rubbed and stained. I then used oil crayons on top of everything. Title, "Noise" which is what my head is filled with. 

Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, January 24, 2022

 This is on 16"x24" primed canvas that has an undercoat of very light pink ink mixed with gesso. The rest is all alcohol ink. Whimsical title of "NYC Subway Map." Anybody who has spent any time in New York  may see some vague resemblance to one of the greatest pieces of Public Art- the subway map!

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Saturday, January 22,2022

 Deuces wild...still fooling around with ink staining and I'm liking unprimed canvas because it absorbs the ink and spreads slowly. I'm using 70% rubbing alcohol to "spread and thin" the ink. Getting the "halo effect" that I want and the gradient pigment.

I'm going to try to add some glycelrine to raw alcohol to see if I can extend the drying time. Going to try to use that mixture like water on paper and then using watercolors and see if I can get the same effect.

Next step is to work on much larger unprimed canvas to get a more dramatic response. Meanwhile this is on 16" x22" unprimed canvas with alcohol inks and graphite. Titled , "Embrace

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

 More messing around. This is on canvas pad 16"20 and it has all kinds of inks include litho ink, alcohol ink with oil pastels and graphite. Titled, "Horses."

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wed. January 19, 2022

 Still messing about with various kinds of ink and finding that unprimed canvas is the best medium for what I'm trying to capture. 

This is 30"x30" and the inks range from and include, printing ink, alcohol ink and calligraphy ink over a stained and gesso-ed background. Getting close.

                                        Working title, "Homage to Lee Krasner."

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

 Further studies of canvas and printing ink. This time, rubbing it out after letting it stain. I think the next step is to see how it works on unprimed canvas. Enjoy! And thank you for looking.

                                        18"x24" primed canvas with printing ink stained and rubbed. 

                                                            "Fauvist Dream"

Friday, January 14, 2022

Friday, Jan.14th, 2021

 Mercuy goes retrograde today so hang on to your seats for 3 weeks. New work below.

 17"x22" premium photo paper with printing ink and alcohol ink undercoat. Gesso top coat scrapped and manipulated and final wash of rubbed printing ink. Titled, "Split Fount." Reminds me of my underground newspaper days and rotary offset printing. Cookie loves the textures. I think it's a nice piece, how 'bout you?

Thursday, January 6, 2022

 Thurs. January 6th, 2022

Allow me to borrow from an old  English rhyme and paraphrase: Remember, remember, the Sixth of January

Gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot...

I have been "playing around" with different types of inks and photo printing paper and for the most part have been pleased with the outcomes. But, in the back of my mind, I kept wondering how this would react on canvas. Below is the result and rest assured I will be moving forward. Next up is an 18"x24" stretched canvas.

                            This is on 6"x8"  primed canvas. Blue, red, yellow computer printer ink with graphite markings. Titled: "Audubon On Acid."

Monday, January 3, 2022

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

 Happy New Year to all. New work to share. Some new sizes and ink mediums.

81/2"x11" CANON photo paper with alcohol ink and printer ink. Reminds me of the old oil and dye projectors used in light shows, so this is titled, "The Fillmore." In memory of the Joshua Light Show.

The same dims and mediums with the addition of graphite markings.  "Calder's Circus #2."

                 This is on watercolor paper 11x14 with printing ink and graphite markings. "Primary Inks" is the working title.



                            This is a reworking of a piece titled "Log Cabin#2. 36"x48" with acrylics. I've added red oil crayon on the edges each block of tricolors. Makes it, for me, a new painting. Thank you for looking.